Progress Reported in Tunisia's Human Development

Published June 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A report conducted by Tunisia for the first time in cooperation with the UN development program (UNDP) said that the volume of urbanization increased in the country to 62.4 percent and that growth has increased during the past ten years to an annual rate estimated at 5 percent, reported Friday.  

The report dealt with four main issues: the concept of human development, the strategic option of the Tunisian experience, the components of the Tunisian experience and the targeting groups, the agency said.  

The report, submitted by the Tunisian minister of economic development Abdul Latif al-Saddam and the representative of the UN development program in Tunisia Areal Faranci, revealed that "the increase in human development indicators proves Tunisia's progress during the past ten years to achieving tangible economic and social results on the international level." 

The report said that Tunisia has become among the first ten countries which recorded higher progress rates in the area of human development as the Gross National Product (GNP) per capita reached 2500 dinars for 1999 while the human development index reached (0.7), according to the agency.  

Concerning social care in various health and educational areas, public expenditures for the country's health sector increased to 10.5 percent annually during the ten past years while rates of illiteracy decreased and general learning conditions improved, said the report.  

Some 99 percent of Tunisian children are enrolled in schools. Moreover, some 660,000-job opportunities were created during the period between 1987 and 1999, said the report - 

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